One Mr. Maxwell Ayim has been rescued from captivity by troops of the 103 Battalion (Rear) of the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu engaged in Operation UDO KA II.
The rescue operation took place between the Four-Corner-Agbogwe Junction in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Confirming the development in an official statement in Enugu on Saturday, the acting Deputy Director of Army Public Relations for the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Lt.-Col. Jonah Unuakhalu, said Ayim was rescued on Thursday and remained unharmed throughout his ordeal.
The operation came when troops stationed at the Udi checkpoint received a desperate distress call from local vigilante operatives concerning the kidnapping.
The troops were said to have responded to the call, by engaging the kidnappers in a shout-out.
Faced with the overwhelming firepower of the military, the criminals fled in disarray, leaving behind traces of their escape in the form of gunshot wounds.
Following the gang’s hasty retreat, the troops continued their pursuit into the nearby bushes, where they discovered Mr. Ayim abandoned by the fleeing kidnappers.
With the victim now safe, he underwent preliminary medical checks and has since been reunited with his family.
In the wake of the successful rescue mission, the Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II appealed to the law-abiding and compassionate citizens of Enugu and the broader Southeast region not to waver in their commitment to providing timely, credible, and reliable information.
Such collaborative efforts are crucial in dismantling the scourge of kidnapping and other criminal activities that have plagued the region.
“Joint Task Force Operation UDO KA II therefore, calls on the law abiding and good citizens of Enugu state and the South-East region in general not to relent in providing timely, credible and reliable information which will help in putting an end to the spiral of kidnapping activities and sundry criminality within the region .
“Operation UDO KA II will continue combating crime and criminality in accordance with the extant rules and regulations guiding its operations,” the statement added.